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As I'm winding down for the night on these hot summer days (and believe me, my apartment is a freakin' terrarium!!), I've taken to sitting with my feet on an ice pack -- especially after I've worked out. It feels pretty darn good, and lessens the swelling and discomfort of icky post-exercise feet. :)
At the risk of sounding disgusting: I'm a late-night exerciser, and it's been common for me to come home after working out and just towel off without showering, and then go to bed. (I'm single, I live alone...who'd know?) However, in this summer heat, I realized that it feels so delicious to come home after exercise and jump in a cool shower! It's like hitting the swimming pool! So now that's one of my rewards after the gym - very motivating! (And much more hygienic.)
I'm a MAJOR fidgeter with self-destructive habits -- hair-twirling, nail-biting, cuticle-shredding, etcetera (attractive, I know!). I also love houseplants, and have several that are big and frondy and need leaf-cleanup, trimming, stuff like that. I reailzed that plant maintenance feels soothing in the same way that my bad habits do - but it's much more constructive! Now, when I get that restless, nail-biting feeling at home, I try to head for a houseplant and look for dead leaves!
Happy that you're losing weight, or that you're thinner than you used to be? GREAT! But guess what? Your weight loss doesn't give you the right to offer unsolicited advice and "diet evangelism" to friends, loved ones and complete strangers who you feel could benefit from your new-found enlightenment. PLEASE respect ALL the body sizes, weights, physicalities & personal choices around you and DO NOT tell everyone how they could be losing weight like YOU. Because, amazing though it may seem...
This is certainly not a new idea, but it's on my mind tonight: If you know you eat out of boredom, get yourself foods to snack on that are "stimulating" to the senses in some way. For example, baby carrots are adorable to look at and make that wonderful crunch when you chew them. Pistachios have those shells that are so satisfying to snap apart. Use the sensory elements of food to satisfy boredom instead of just the flavor alone.
If you're tracking your weight with a small "stand on it and look down at the numbered dial"-style scale, put that scale in the exact same spot on the floor each time you weigh yourself, because the scale's reading can CHANGE based on how flat, even, textured or tilted the ground underneath it is.
If I get dressed in workout clothes to do housecleaning, I make more of an effort to expend energy as I scrub and vacuum and dust and stuff! The lycra and running shoes help convince me that I'm engaging in calorie-burning activities! :)
I have multiple food allergies and gluten intolerance, and I feel immense gratitude every day that the world of specialty food options has come so far. When I was first diagnosed, 18 years ago or so, there was almost NOTHING on store shelves that I could eat - I subsisted on celery sticks and lint. Today, I had Tofutti dairy-free soy "cream cheese" on Rudi's gluten-free bread (toasted), and it was SO DELICIOUS! I never take the awesome things I can still eat for granted. AND...(see below)...
Even if you use the same running/fitness shoes and gym bag every day, take your shoes out of the bag and let the bag and your shoes dry out when you get home from your workout. You'll decrease the chance of odors and prevent bacteria and mold from growing in places that would have otherwise stayed moist -- and in the case of shoes, that extends the life of the fabric.
You know how Spark gives you that fine-print warning that "Secrets of Success are submitted by readers and are NOT scanned or edited for accuracy and truth; please do not use them as a substitute for a physician's advice"? Please, take that to heart. I have read some DOOZY hints on here that just blow my mind. Remember: someone typing it onto Spark People DOESN'T MAKE IT TRUE, HEALTHY OR HELPFUL. Trust a doctor/professional or a medical website for more factual facts.